Truckee girls golf: Nousiainen finishes 3rd at state to lead Wolverines | SierraSun.com

Truckee girls golf: Nousiainen finishes 3rd at state to lead Wolverines

Sun Staff report
Photography Michael MichaelsenTruckee junior Annika Nousiainen placed first in the Northern 3A League Girls Golf Championship and third in the 3A State Championship in Boulder City.
ALL | photomichael@bigfoot.com

Truckee junior Annika Nousiainen wrapped up a fine season with a third-place finish individually in the 3A State High School Girls Golf Championship in Boulder City.

Nousiainen, who earned the North’s No. 1 seed at the regional tournament, shot an 89 on Day 1 and a 92 on Day 2 for a two-day total of 181. That score tied Boulder City’s Indiana Mead for second place (although Mead was given the higher placing based on the tiebreaker format).

and#8220;Annika had a fantastic season,and#8221; said Truckee head coach Mike Merriman, adding that Nousiainen won four of the six regular-season tournaments she entered. and#8220;In my opinion she’s the best player in our division. She did really well at state for the amount of pressure she was under. I was very proud of her.and#8221;

Senior Felisha Baeza of Virgin Valley won state, shooting an 85 both days for a 170.

Besides Nousiainen, teammates Leah Arth, Sophie Aaron and Carley O’Connell also were among the seven individual qualifiers for state.

Arth placed 11th, shooting a 106 and a 107 for a two-day total of 213.

and#8220;Leah Arth also had a fantastic year,and#8221; Merriman said. and#8220;She’s a fourth-year golfer, and she played very well this year.and#8221;

Aaron finished 27th at state (118-130 and#8212; 248) and O’Connell 34th (128-143 and#8212; 271).

Merriman said Aaron was Truckee’s most improved golfer, as she entered the season having never played the game before. and#8220;She improved by leaps and bounds,and#8221; the coach said.